Amanda Heng

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Amanda Heng interacted with a group of over thirty participants on a performance walk titled, Let’s Walk Some More. Organised by The Substation, the performance traced and invoked Amanda’s personal memories of heritage sites in Singapore’s city area which have been demolished, re-used or left disused. Decked in yellow t-shirts, participants were led to share their reflections. Along the trail and at several sites, participants were prompted to spell out the words “Thank you for being part of our memories” from the printed letter on each t-shirt.

Amanda’s art practice began in the 1980s, and she was a founding member of the artist collectives, The Artists Village in 1988 and WITA (Women In the Arts) in 1999. She has exhibited internationally and her art practice concerning East-West and gender tensions in Singapore has extended towards recent explorations of memories and relationships in urban settings.

Photographed documentation of another performance piece by Amanda, Let’s Chat is currently on display at Curating Lab: 100 Objects (Remixed) presented by NUS Museum. Let’s Chat involves participants plucking the roots of bean sprouts to generate conversation, reminiscent of domestic communal practices in Southeast Asia. The exhibition will run till September 27th, and is part of Singapore Art Show 2009.

Amanda is currently working on the project, Singirl, investigating representations of gender and identity through the process of inviting women participants to join a community to form of contingent for Singapore’s National Day Parade in 2010.